Saturday, March 14, 2009

Friday and Friends

We kicked off our visit to Scottsdale with a lovely ride around Camelback Mountain.  The weather so far is perfect: high 70s with clear and sunny skies.

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Then it was time for a nice 120-mile drive south to Tucson.  It was mostly dull flat scenery along the way but every so often there was something to appreciate.

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While Kate was doing her long run as part of camp, I amused myself with stops at Trisports, Target, Whole Foods, and Taco Bell. 

I have to say, the people of Tuscon were so welcoming and friendly.  Especially the truck driver on I-10 who held up a sign asking me to show him my kitties. 

I’m sorry, Sir, I have no kitties, only dogs.

Oops, that was not a “k.” 

No, you can’t see those either, my apologies.

Eventually I caught up with Kate and company at a beautiful resort in the Tucson foothills.  I met Marit and chatted with everyone while the athletes cold-dipped their tired legs.  Kate and I toasted her camp adventures!  Believe me, that woman is stronger than she gives herself credit for.  She climbed miles of Mt Lemmon with a tri bike (not as friendly climbing gearing as a road bike) – I wouldn’t even want to climb the hill back to their resort!

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The wonderful athletes at Jen’s camp were generous enough to let me crash their group dinner and hang out with everyone for the evening.  And then finally they were all zonked and ready to rest, while I had to get going on the 2-hour drive back to Scottsdale.

I’m so glad I was able to see my tri friends on this trip!

Saturday’s plans: swim test, baseball game, sushi!


Unknown said...

OHHH - How much fun!!! You gals should have called me and we could have toasted together over the phone!

ADC said...

It took me few secs to figure the "kitties" - duh!. Love the photos. Arizona looks great

Diamond Girl said...

Not to be a crazy stalker...but I would love to meet those beautiful muppets while you are in town. Let me know if you are going to the dog park at all while you are here.

Your Crazy Stalker

ShirleyPerly said...

I like Tucson much better than the Phoenix area. The area is much more scenic, IMO, and, of course, TriSports is there ;-)

Glad you had a chance to hook up with your tri buds. I didn't ride up Mt Lemmon when we were there a couple weeks ago test riding our new road bikes but have heard it's a tough ride.

Enjoy the rest of your AZ trip!

Eileen Swanson said...

Looks like lots of fun, have a great time!! When you get back let's try to get the pups together for a playdate ;-)

Michelle Simmons said...

Enjoy AZ! I used to live there and really liked it. And am totally missing those big blue skies right about now! :)